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The Truth About the Sphinx?

b2ap3_thumbnail_Sudanese-sphinx-680-BC.jpgImage right:  A Sudanese representation of a Sphinx, circa 680 BC. Note the proper proportions.

I have long held certain facts in my mind regarding the Sphinx, facts that seem to be today to be ignored or forgotten.  Through personal direct-revelation, and what I believe are past life memories, I would like to share my thoughts on the Sphinx and her mystical, magickal, metaphysical meaning.

The Sphinx you see today is a mere remnant of the original sculpture.  Look at the physical picture of the Sphinx:


Notice how long the paws appear to be, how big the body is in proportion to the carved head and face above it.  The great monument sort of looks like a pinhead compared to its body, doesn’t it?


Now look at the next picture of common Egyptian artwork.  Notice the beautiful sense of proportion, the graceful flow and delicate balance of the images.  Does this look like the image of the physical Sphinx we have today? 


The depicted image shows a proportionate Sphinx, albeit one of the pharaonic Sphinx. But in the artist’s rendering, the head is relatively proportional to the body. Note that the body of the lion does not seem to be of a male lion, but of a female.




More Egyptian tomb art that shows the artistic style of the Egyptians.


In ancient Greece, the legend of the Sphinx depicts her as a female with the head of a woman and the body of a lion. In Greek legend, she was a guardian and one could not pass where she guarded unless one could answer a riddle.  This indicates to me that only those with the knowledge or wisdom or intelligence to understand her question would be made privvy to her secrets. She was a fierce goddess, and a protective one.  I believe she was erected to protect sacred knowledge and and a great hall of records, which likely still lie beneath her feet.

In spirit journeys and dreams, as well as in what feel like memories, the Sphinx’ existing head was one of a woman, a lion-goddess that predated Pharaonic Egypt. Recent archaeological research suggests that the Sphinx predates the pyramids and hence Pharaonic Egypt by as much as 5,000 years, verifying my visions that first came to me in the 1970s.

In 1999, MSNBC reported:

“For years, Egyptologists and archaeologists have thought the Great Sphinx of Giza to be about 4,500 years old, dating to around 2500 B.C. However, some recent studies have suggested that the Sphinx was built as long ago as 7000 B.C.

The relatively new theory is based on what is thought to be “precipitation-induced weathering” on the upper areas of the Sphinx. Archaeologists supporting this view contend that the last time there was sufficient precipitation in the region to cause this pattern of rainfall erosion on limestone was around 9,000 years ago, 7000 B.C.”

I believe that the Pharaohs adopted the existing and possibly deeply buried statue and re-carved the head to resemble a Pharaoh, making it necessary to whittle down the size of the head to make the king’s face and headdress. If the body were mostly buried, there was no worry for its proportion, as the lower half would not have been visible. The head sticking above the sand was simply carved into a new face. In other words, a patriarch mutilated the existing matriarchal image into his own, a sacrilege against the spiritual meaning of the original.

It is my sincere hope that future archaeological research will bear me out on this.  But I feel it so strongly that I thought I would share it with all my pagan friends.  Your comments are welcomes, but please keep them thoughtful and reasonable, even if you disagree.


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Catt Foy has been a professional psychic and astrologer since 1978 and a freelance writer and photographer since 1981.  She is the author of Psycards: An Oracle of Archetypes, Rune Stones & Their Interpretations, and the novel Bartleby:  A Scrivener's Tale.  She holds an MA from Western Illinois University and an MFA in Fiction from Spalding University, and is currently Queen (CEO) of Psycards USA.  Catt likes to garden, paint, and make jewelry, and is currently working on several other novels.  Catt is also an ordained minister and certified hypnotherapist specializing in past-life regression.


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